200 photo voltaic panels assist energy Queen Elizabeth Pool – Edmonton
EDMONTON – Mother Nature helps with powering one of Edmonton’s outdoor pools.
200 solar panels were recently installed on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Pool building. The panels will generate around 50,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is around 40 percent of the pool’s total electricity consumption.
The energy generated by the solar panels corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of seven houses.
“This pilot project at the Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool will help us understand how we will use solar energy in urban buildings to reduce our dependence on non-renewable energy and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Adam Laughlin, manager of Facility and Landscape Infrastructure Branch .
“This reflects the city council’s wish that we are less dependent on traditional energy sources to heat and operate our buildings.”
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The city says a separate set of solar panels is used to heat the water in the pool.
Solar panel usage will be monitored year-round to see how the technology can be used in other buildings in the city of Edmonton.
By 2035, the city hopes to generate 10 percent of its total electricity consumption using alternative methods such as solar energy.